Michael Gaffney


Booking It: Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Although I knew she was recently a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for her novel Swamplandia!, I hesitated, at first, to read[…]

Booking It: Home, by Tony Morrison

One of the many striking images in Toni Morrison’s slim but forceful novel, Home, involves three men playing scat and bebop in a small smoke-filled[…]

Booking It: Both Flesh and Not

Both Flesh and Not collects 15 of David Foster Wallace’s multiform nonfiction pieces, including essays and book reviews published between 1988 and 2007. Although most of[…]

All the World’s a Stage: As You Like It

Two major problems of rhetoric occur when a contemporary director chooses to put on a Shakespeare play. One problem concerns the comedy itself; what an[…]

Booking It: This Is How You Lose Her

This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz’s latest work of fiction since his widely-acclaimed, Pulizer-Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, consists[…]

Booking It: Every Love Story is a Ghost Story

D.T. Max’s revealing and compelling biography of the writer David Foster Wallace comes at a time of surging popularity of Wallace’s writing and new academic[…]

Booking It: Libra

The occasion for this review of Don DeLillo’s historical tour de force Libra, first published in 1988, is its beautiful reprinting in the Penguin Ink[…]

Booking It: “Farther Away”

Jonathan Franzen’s new collection, Farther Away, gathers together 21 highly readable essays, originally published between 1998 and 2011. The essays cover a wide variety of[…]

Booking It: Stephen Greenblatt’s ‘The Swerve’

When Stephen Greenblatt was an undergrad at Yale University, he stopped by the local Co-op and, browsing through some unwanted and cheap books, he discovered[…]